Is 'yacht' pronounced as yort (non-rhotic) or yart (non-rhotic) in BrE?
"Yacht" has a short vowel in BE, like the vowel in "hot", as Rover said. The combination "aw" is a long sound in BE, however.BE or AE it is the same. "Yawt", the ch in yacht is silent.
Absolutely. I have never heard (at least in this country) aw pronounced as a long a. Ex: Aw, shucks! or awe as in awe-some, or aw as in shawl."Yacht" rhymes with "hot" to me, as Rover says.
Does your transcription "yawt" also imply that "yacht" rhymes with "hot", pops?